Program Curriculum

Related Instruction (Required for A.A.S.)Cr
Social Science/Humanities Elective (5 cr.)
CMST&101 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION 5
Intro to communication as a transactional process, with attention to personal, cultural, group and public communication. Covers verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, self-concept and perception.
ENGL&101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 5
Covers academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Focuses on engaging and responding to a variety of texts. Through revision and reflection, develop skills as readers, writers and critical thinkers.
ENGL&102 COMPOSITION II 5
Continues the composition sequence with further instruction and practice in the writing process, concentrating on critical reading and writing techniques needed for the preparation and completion of documented essays.
PSYC&100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 5
Intro to the scientific study of human behavior, including learning and thinking, development, perception, motivation, emotion, personality and individual differences, social and abnormal behavior, and research methods.
SOC& 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 5
Covers human social interaction with emphasis on group aspects of human behavior. Includes culture, socialization, family, education, urbanization, gender roles, social class, deviance, race, sexuality, demography and social change.
Human Services Core CreditsCr
SHS 100 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES 5
This course provides an overview of the social and human services field from the perspective of the individual human services worker. Societal conditions, assumptions, and needs that impact delivery of services will be explored. Areas of knowledge, professional values and skills will be discussed. The characteristics of the human services agency will be examined, including professional roles, career opportunities, and challenges. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL& 101 and MAT 084.
SHS 103 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 5
Introduction to social welfare policy, social justice, and systems. Emphasis on social welfare policies, systems, and services designed to respond to social issues: public welfare, child welfare, mental health, chemical dependency, aging, poverty, health, disabilities, and corrections. Prereq or corequisite: SHS 100 with a minimum 2.0 grade point average; Eligible for ENGL& 101 and MATH 084.
SHS 106 PRINCIPLES OF INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING 5
Intro to beginning-level interviewing and counseling skills in multicultural settings. Demonstration of human services values and knowledge of diverse populations' needs through counseling techniques: developing relationships; identifying problems, solutions, and goals; and evaluating progress. Prereqisite: ENGL& 101, SHS 100, & SHS 103 with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Eligible for MAT 084.
SHS 108 GROUP DYNAMICS & COUNSELING 5
Intro to group work, including group processes, communication patterns, group and individual goal-setting, leadership and decision-making. Includes group participation, role-playing and simulations. Prereq or corequisite: ENGL& 102;
SHS 197 FIELD PLACEMENT: SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES 3
Supervised community-based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations.
SHS 198 FIELD PLACEMENT: SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES 3
Work experience in human services agencies, with individual and group supervision provided by agency professionals to share experiences and further develop work-related skills.
SHS 199 FIELD PLACEMENT: SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES 5
Work experience in human services agencies, with individual and group supervision provided by agency professionals to share experiences and further develop work-related skills.
Human Services Specialization CoursesCr
SHS 150 HIV/AIDS BRIEF RISK INTERVENTION 1
Meets requirements for Social and Human Services professionals in the fields of counseling, alcholism and/or substance abuse. Includes topics on etiology and epidemiology of HIV, transmission and infectioncontrol; testing and counseling; clinical manifestations and treatmentand psychosocial issues. Approved by the Washington State Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.
SHS 200 THEORIES OF COUNSELING 4
Intro to psychopathology and assessment and counseling theories. Covers ethics, personality theory, counseling techniques and issues, and development of a personal style of assessment and counseling.
SHS 205 CRISIS INTERVENTION AND MANAGEMENT 3
Intro to crisis theory and techniques for the beginning mental health/human services professional. Students will develop assessment techniques and interviewing skills with high-stress populations presenting with psychiatric, health, drug and alcohol, sexual assault, intimate partner and domestic violence, bereavement, and suicide and homicide crises.
SHS 207 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT 3
For human service professionals working with children, adolescents and adults with behavioral problems. Covers learning theory and its application to clients in a variety of settings. Includes knowledge and skills needed to effectively help clients manage their behavior. Understand and practice behavior modification and management.
SHS 210 INTRO TO DIVERSITY IN HUMAN SERVICES PRACTICE 3
This course examines U.S. society and the diversity within it as well as the effects of societal structures on clients. Topics include an overview of general principles of cultural diversity and cross-cultural services delivery to individuals from many diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite or corequisite of ENGL& 102; prerequisite SHS 100, 103 with a minimum GPA of 2.0; eligibility MATH084.
SHS 215 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND TREATMENT 5
Focuses on adolescent development and concurrent social, cultural and sexual problems. Includes theory of normal and deviant behavior development, treatment theory and practice and effective use of community resources.
SHS 231 PHARMACOLOGY OF ADDICTIONS 5
Overview of the effects of drug use and chemical dependency on the body including physiological, emotional and behavioral effects. Focuses on effects of various chemicals on body systems, drug interactions, and management of chronic and acute conditions of drug abuse.
SHS 232 CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY AND THE FAMILY 3
This class provides an overview of how families function as systems and examines the impact of chemical dependency upon the family system. Students will think about theories not only in terms of how well they fit for clients but in terms of their own personal histories. The theoretical models are relevant for families of a variety of cultural, ethnic, and sexual identities. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL& 101 and MAT 084.
SHS 233 CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING 5
This course is an overview of specialized techniques, major competencies and theoretical approaches to addiction counseling, including individual, group and family approaches. Ethical behavior, theoretical knowledge, and client diversity is stressed to become a proficient addiction professional.
SHS 235 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY 5
Surveys use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs. Analyzes patterns of dependency and addiction associated with prescription, over-the-counter and illegal substances. Explores methods of prevention, control and treatment.
SHS 242 MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY 5
Introduction to the DSM IV system of determining diagnosis and current theory for the etiology of the primary Axis I and Axis II disorders.
SHS 245 MENTAL HEALTH OVERVIEW 3
Covers the relationship between mental functioning and body physiology; behavioral and physical dysfunctions; reactions to prolonged stress; theories of pain, holistic health, nutrition, cross-cultural perspectives on healing, biofeedback, meditation, psychosomatic diseases and stress reduction.
SHS 250 CLIENT AND COMMUNITY ADVOCACY 4
Covers the role of the advocate in a helping situation, use of community advocacy resources and effective use of the media, law, negotiation and political processes to achieve needed services for people.
SHS 255 CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS TREATMENT ISSUES AND SVCS 5
Explores skills and knowledge needed for working with clients with mental illness and chemical dependency. Covers symptomatology of frequently diagnosed mental disorders; criteria for substance and dependence; identifying referral needs and processes; treatment needs and barriers; and local services and case management available for the mentally ill chemically abusing (MICA) client.
SHS 265 MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION 5
Covers management skills for first-line supervisors in alcohol, drug, mental health, correctional, youth and other human service programs. Includes supervision, time management, motivation, leadership, discipline, personnel management, performance appraisals, communications, training and self-development.
SHS 270 ETHICS IN HUMAN SERVICES AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY 5
Explores ethical behavior and analysis and utilization of ethical codes that apply to human services, mental health, and chemical dependency professionals. Covers ethical reasoning processes, ethical theory, and ethical analysis.
SHS 275 Chemical Dependency and Domestic Violence 3
Specifically designed for those working with chemically addicted, abusive clients and their interactions with family members. Study of treatment goals for domestic violence to foster client understanding of anger, making anger a useful tool, and using healthy and appropriate modes of communication.
SHS 280 CASE MANAGEMENT IN CD AND HUMAN SERVICES 3
Students build competency in developing client treatment plans, discharge summaries, and progress notes that meet professional standards of care in compliance with state and federal confidentiality regulations. The course provides specific tools required for case managers, including how to make referrals, develop community resources, create and maintain documents, and work as a client advocate.
SHS 296 *SPECIAL TOPICS 1
Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.
SHS 297 *SPECIAL TOPICS 2
Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.
SHS 298 *SPECIAL TOPICS 3
Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.
SHS 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY OR RESEARCH 5
Individual or group research projects on human service programs and problems. May include field or library research.

* Workshops will include Relapse Prevention, Multicultural Counseling, Adolescent Assessment and other relevant topics. A total of eight credits may be used from SHS 296, SHS 297 or SHS 298 for the degree.

Total Program Credits: 90

To complete the program, a 2.0 or better grade is required in all SHS and related instruction courses.

Note: Specific chemical dependency classes and requirements for Washington State chemical dependency counselor qualification are listed in the Chemical Dependency Specialist brochure.

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